By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 20, 2017

  • Somewhere in the middle, continued:
    • Tax collectors (publicans)
      • Bought position
      • Assessment arbitrary
      • Fill quota
      • Shaky heritage
      • High net worth
      • Very low esteem with all
      • Matthew 5:43-48
      • Matthew 18:15-17
      • Matthew 9:9-13
      • Luke 18:9-14
      • Matthew 21:23-31, 33-46
      • Luke 19:1-10 – Zaccheus was a rich tax collector.
  • The elites
    • The rich
      • Usually the most successful farmers and merchants
      • Not always Sadducees
      • Luke 15:11-32 – father of the prodigal son was a wealthy man
    • Pharisees, scribes
      • The religious elite
      • Rarely among the rich
      • John 3:1; 19:39 – Nicodemus was a Pharisee, but evidently a man of means.
    • Priesthood
      • The priestly elite
      • Usually among the richest
      • Priests made money on concessions around the temple and money-changing.
  • Regions, cities, enclaves of the Diaspora
    • Persia had largest regional Jewish population
      • Mostly remainders of Babylonian captivity
      • Had the lowest level of Hellenization of all Jews
    • Alexandria had largest Jewish urban population
      • About 200,000
      • Mostly around Heliopolis
      • Easy access to ports to rest of the world, relatively easy to get back to Jerusalem for worship
    • Enclaves from Morocco to India, Cape Horn to the Bosporus

Exodus, Part 11

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 4, 2017

  • Exodus 25-31
  • The tabernacle and priests
    • Exodus 25:1-9
    • Exodus 31:1-6 – Bezalel and Oholiab were appointed by God to be the craftsmen to build the tabernacle. God endowed them with special knowledge.
    • The tabernacle and its coverings (Exodus 26:1-30; 36:8-34)
    • Veil and screen (Exodus 26:31-37; 36:35-38)
    • Court (Exodus 27:9-19; 38:9-20)
    • Ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:10-16; 37:1-5)
    • Mercy seat (Exodus 25:17-22; 37:6-9)
    • Altar of incense (Exodus 30:1-10, 34-38; 37:25-29)
    • Table of showbread (Exodus 25:23-30; 26:35; 37:10-16)
    • Golden lampstand (Exodus 25:31-40; 26:35; 27:20-21; 37:17-24)
    • Bronze altar (Exodus 27:1-8; 38:1-7)
    • Bronze laver (Exodus 30:17-21; 38:8)
  • Garments for priests (Exodus 28:1-43; 39:1-31)
    • Ephod (Exodus 28:6-14; 39:2-7)
    • Breastpiece (Exodus 28:15-30; 39:8-21)
    • Robe (Exodus 28:31-35; 39:22-26)
    • Turban (Exodus 28:36-38; 39:28, 30-31)
    • Tunic and sash (Exodus 28:39; 39:27, 29)
  • Consecration of the priests (Exodus 29:1-37)
    • Exodus 29:38-42 – Offerings to be made each day.
      • Hebrews 10:10-14 – The power of the sacrifice of Jesus – one sacrifice for all!
    • “That I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8)
      • Hebrews 8:1-6. See also Hebrews 9:11-12, 23-24